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We are in the works of arranging a live talk for seekers in Saudi Arabia and abroad with renowned Islamic lecturer, writer and leader and head of the Chisty Foundation.
Syed Salman Chisty is the 26th generational descendant and custodian of Khwaja Mohiuddin Chisty’s shrine in Ajmer, India. The latter was by far the greatest Muslim mystic to have lived and spent his life in the teachings and spreading the way of love in India. Syed Salman has been engaged in practical research studies on spiritual world traditions and their interaction with world cultures and traditions. His passion for spiritual world cultures has enabled him to travel to many sacred sites around the world. In addition, he has a regular participant in international conferences on interfaith dialogue and has represented the Chisty Order in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Bosnia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, among other countries.
A founding member of the Chishty Foundation, Syed Salman has also served as its director for the last past five years. He has also written several articles on spiritual understanding, and related subjects for various English national and international newspapers, journals, publications, blogs, and websites globally.
The Secret lies not in talks and fancy speeches. The secret lies in bowing your heart in the presence of mystics, the inheritors of light. We seek their grace, their gaze, their blessings to further our journey on the Path of Love. Seek this from your soul and act upon it in spirit, even though you are physically distant for distance is an illusion. You are where your heart is. Syed Salman Chisty, essentially represents the doorway to the teachings of his great grandfather; the Sultan of Hind. Utilizing an existing platform simply helps hearts connecting to people of wisdom and love, from all walks and traditions for those on the Way of Love… Qudra Healing
Traditions states the Prophet Mohammed (S) would look towards the region of Hind or India and would smile. When asked by his companions on the significance of Hind, he (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, I feel the smell of Divine fragrance from the direction of India.
Syed Salman’s base in Ajmer, is the largest Islamic shrine in the subcontinent. Pilgrims from all faiths and background flock sharing the tradition of love towards one and all. At Ajmer, we see the Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Muslim all harmoniously immersed in love culture. Love culture is transcendental and timeless teachings on the way of the heart and attracts seekers from all walks, irrespective of their chosen faith or beliefs.
We truly look forward to this talk on by the young inspiration. If you are a seeker and interested to join us, kindly fill out the form below. The talk will be on a Skype-like platform. Date and time will be updated on our network.
“The essence of Ajmer is unconditional love” Syed Salman Chisty
Majma’ Al Bahrain: The Meeting of the Two Seas by Prince Dara Shikoh
On March 30th 2017, we had one of our most revered Wisdom Teachers in Jeddah share the following dream with us on the subject of dolphins. In a previous post, these Angels of the Sea, are seen communicating actively through dream realm to hearts of transmitters. This dream as narrated by our dear friend sheds further light on dolphins and human connectedness.
The communication was so pure and so freely shared there was not this division of animals and humans”
“I had a dream last night that I wanted to share with you. I just …when I woke up this morning and then was doing spiritual contemplation and then thinking about my dream I really wanted to share with you because it was all about Dolphins and I was in the ocean. Well I was in the ocean and it was like the Red Sea. It had beautiful turquoise water and parts were very shallow. There were schools and schools of these beautiful beautiful dolphins that would come right up to the shore and there was such a sense of playfulness and there were people. A couple of people in the water having these experiences communicating and loving the dolphins and they were so gorgeous and then there was a really huge one that was like turquoise and his body was so shiny and so turquoise and I don’t know… there was just so much love and what it brought to mind was that there was a time and there is a place. Maybe not in this physical universe certainly but maybe in the physical universe at another time during a different grand cycle where you know there was just no separation between souls… or any other sentient being that you know wouldn’t be classified as a human form and there was just no separation in consciousness or communication. The communication was so pure and so freely shared there was not this division of animals and humans.”
According to Hakim Archuletta, plants you need in your life come to you. They are meant for your healing and make their way to you effortlessly. Working solely with a particular plant for healing is also coined as mufaradah in Islamic Medicine. At this point in time, this is what we have been instructed to do and inculcate into our healing practice at Qudra.
This year, we have been working with a particular plant for healing as a supplement for seekers. It is an all in one super plant and has entered our domain. Consultations and courses available for seekers. To find our more, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
I’m in love with the tree that stares at me
I stare at thee, you stare at me
We gaze on eternally
You heal me
You speak to me
In a language wordless expressively
In dreams you appear
Healing those who come through me
I seek your shade
Bestow your grace
I’m in love with the tree that stares at me
Greetings of Peace,
About last week, we had a seeker who sent us a few twin soul and soul mate related questions. We found it quite interesting how the inquirer apparently had the same name as the twin soul of this site. ‘
Gratitude to the seeker who asked. We hope you find what you seek!
Their lives are full of mystery
Their hearts for mankind; a treasury
Their wisdom; unsurpassed territory
Their generosity; flows graciously
Their eyes express not tearfully
Yet fill us with ecstasy
Their persona; one to melt for instantly!
1. Is twin soul the same concept as a twin flame? Asking this, as there is so much information available on twin flame concept over the internet, that it is confusing.
3. Are twin souls and soul mates DIFFERENT?
4. Can twin souls ever come together? What is the purpose of having…. and also meeting your twin, if all you get is only rejection and rejection and more rejection?
Mindfulness In an Age of Distraction
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted like the face of a mirror
that contains no images…
Mv. Jalaluddin Rumi
The following is a transcript from our talk at Hope for Exceptional Needs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Hope is the leading bilingual centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded by Dr. Uzma Raheem, which promotes the education, awareness, and success of all families with children who have Special Needs of every kind.
In an age of distraction we aim to regain an understanding on a subject which intrigues our imagination, in theory appears to be new age wishful thinking and in reality a lost way of life.
What is Mindfulness?
According to Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
When man has full awareness of his thoughts, is able to pay attention to them, without judgement, and keeps his consciousness in the now, in the present, in the moment, in the very second of right here, right now and not be distracted with the inner pendulum which swings between past and present over and over, he is in a state of mindfulness.
In a practical, no nonsense understanding of mindfulness, let us go over a few relatable instances which the majority of us face on a day to day basis.
lack of focus
lack of stillness
sporadic zoning out
Believe it or not, the lack of mindfulness in our lives has become the number one if not the culprit of the aforementioned issues we face which cause us anything but a peace of mind.
On the other hand, when mindfulness becomes our way of life, we open ourselves to immeasurable levels of peace, joy, contentment, love, stability, order, focus and great achievements.
Origins of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is perceived to be a heavenly gift to man. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and the majority all spiritual traditions have emphasized the concept of flow, being present and practicing mindfulness as a core discipline. Traditionally, seekers and adherents were taught the fundamentals of concentration, meditation, stillness, breath work and emptying the mind. All these disciplines lead to the state of being PRESENT.
Numerous teachings on the practical implementation of mindfulness may be found and learnt through living teachers, guides, books, self development programs, and age old traditions ranging from Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Gong and a variety of other forms. One of the most commonly advocated practice is through breath work; focusing on one’s breath. This practice channels the distracted ‘Monkey Mind’ from past drama of the Why’s and the future illusion of the what if’s by bringing one’s attention to breath, its subtle sound, grounding our focus in the now.
Now to life, now to the moment, now to action creates reaction and keeps one aloof from the abyss of the deadly twins; past and future.
When man occupies his throughs in the past of future, he begins the process of storytelling, creating tall tales, fables and his interpretation of events which are only throughs and not necessarily reality. Excessive dwelling on either past or future keeps us from action. Essentially our actions result from thought and emotion. This mental occupation of constant thought distraction fails to produce focus, concentration and significant action which are key ingredients to change.
Evidence of the Lack of Mindfulness in our Everyday Life
a messy bed
open toothpaste tube
un flushed toilet
forgetfulness in prayer
inability to focus on what the other person is saying
loss of personal belongings
a disorganized purse where keys cannot be located
car lights left on
tap left running
front door left ajar
loved ones constantly saying, “you are not listening to me!”
Dwelling on the past
Dwelling thoughts on the future
and the list goes on
These are some of the proofs we can find as evidence in our very environment as to where we are in our thoughts. These proofs are great clues which serve as self check reminders of what is happening internally. The interesting thing here is that it would take mindfulness to detect our own lack of. Mindfulness is not constant, it requires discipline, practice and conscious effort. Coming out of mindfulness, entering into unmindfulness and being able to decipher between the two states requires a watchful mind.
On the other hand, had we practiced mindfulness, then perhaps we would notice shoes placed in their designated area.
Perhaps, upon awakening we would make our beds first rather than rushing into the next, next and next.
Perhaps after brushing, our kids would place the toothpaste lid back on the tube rather than zoning out taking imaginary selfies in the mirror with the tap running 50 miles an hour.
Perhaps we would eat together as a family instead of cubicle eating where every member is occupied in watching something in different rooms.
Perhaps we would eat together without the tv on and not silence ourselves like monks of a secret mystical order who utter not.
Perhaps we would offer to clear the table and put our dishes away instead of conveniently leaving it for Molly Maid or Mommy Maid.
Perhaps we would focus more on aesthetics, physical, emotional and spiritual well being and not lose ourselves to a point where we now seek help for a quick fix, a quack, or 911 tummy tuck.
Perhaps our desks would represent mental order instead of paper clutter which hinders our productivity.
Perhaps if weren’t busy on social media , our burnt dinner would of been saved.
Perhaps if the car lights or AC were shut, the car battery would not magically run down.
And perhaps life would be kinder if mom cooled off on her social networks, and actually paid attention to her child who says, ‘mom I just failed math’, or ‘mom I need help understanding past or future tense in English’ or ‘mom a boy in school is bullying me’, yet her thoughts preoccupied her mind to a point where she responds with the classical hmm, that’s great, yeah, nice.’ ‘See mommy, you never heard a word I said did you?’ Mom is clueless, speechless and somewhat embarrassed as all she can think about is inability to recall what her child expressed only a few moments ago.
The Technology Agenda
Technology and busy life styles, rat race syndrome, societal expectations of how we are expected to live, behave, dress, act, think has robbed our inherent right to being in the now. Constant stimulation and ADD, ADHD in adults is on the rise as much as it is in children.
Everyday technology toxins such as, gadgets, TV/Net, noise stimulation, noise pollution, information overload, video games and social media have divorced us from the ancient art of silence, an innate love for nature, meditation, focused thinking, thinking, visualization, human company, reading books and the simple pleasures of life like enjoying the scenic view on a road trip.
Conspiracy or Lunacy- You Choose
When masses are kept busy in everything but the act of conscious thinking, then injecting information to minds which have been conditioned to remain off guard, becomes an easy task. Mind control, subliminal programming, subjugation, suggestive ideas, imparting ideologies, influencing lifestyle choices, consumerism, infusing propaganda are media tools utilized through intelligence agencies whose agenda is more than we could possibly grasp. Let us simply ask ourselves, are we mind control candidates?
Who is Easier to Control?
When man is conditioned to be dumbed down, he lacks the ability to tap into his creative intelligence. Creative intelligence connects us through the means of our subconscious mind to infinite intelligence or Universal Mind. The exact opposite; synthetic intelligence, is what most of us use in our day to day life as it requires the use of the conscious mind which collects data from our five senses. Is it an irony that enlightened masters, artists, poets, thinkers, philosophers, geniuses, prodigies, operate from creative intelligence? Worth mentioning, creative individuals are harder to exercise control over in comparison to individuals who solely rely on synthetic intelligence.
Practical Mindfulness Pointers
- Seek out individuals who are trained, authorized or who embody mindfulness
- These are usually Meditation practitioners, coaches or spiritual mentors
- Establish a morning meditation routine
- Practice stillness and observe your thoughts as they arise
- Practice Yoga-join a class, find a teacher or establish a home based Yoga routine through virtual means
- Eat slowly, savour the flavours and pay attention to taste, texture, aroma
- Observe nature
- Spend time in nature
- Observe details in your environment
- Give your undivided attention to others
- Find like minded folks who practice mindfulness
- Eat clean
- Eat together
- Practice empathic listening
- Establish a calming routine prior to bedtime
- Find a creative outlet to express yourself
- Take pictures, avoid in excess
- Practice making eye contact while communicating
- Speak clearly, un-rushed
- Slow down and know that you are perfectly fine where you are now in this moment
Research on Mindfulness
- 72% of GPs think it would be helpful for their patients with mental health problems to learn Mindfulness meditation skills (21% don’t know if it would be helpful; 7% say it would not be helpful);
- 66% of GPs say they would support a public information campaign to promote the potential health benefits of Mindfulness meditation; and
- 64% of GPs think it would be helpful for them to receive training in Mindfulness skills themselves.
Life is a blessing and to live in the now is to live today as if it was our last day. Express love to those you appreciate in your life, pay attention, say sorry, take up a sport, play with your kids, spend quality time with parents and loved ones, take photos, cherish moments, practice gratitude with what life brings us. Mothers and caregivers of special needs children, know that in your home lives an angel, a spiritual guide, a lantern, a beacon who was sent from above to help you become an evolved human being who transcends the barriers of conditional love. And finally to close off with, let us keep in mind the next time we are out on a dinner with a loved one or loved ones, to shutdown all devices and give undivided attention a priority.
Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman